Dorothy’s Side of the Street will be presented at the famed Y March 19-21. Hosted by artistic director Deborah Grace Winer, the concerts will feature the talents of 42nd Street’s Billy Stritch, cabaret legend Julie Wilson and Tony Award winner Karen Ziemba. Show times are 8 PM March 19, 2:30 and 8 PM March 20 and 2 and 8 PM March 21. Mark Waldrop — of When Pigs Fly fame — is the director for the Fields celebration with John Oddo as musical director. The performances will also feature Mark Vinci on reeds, Tony Kadleck on trumpet, Joe Cocuzzo on drums and Jay Leonhart on bass.
Host Winer, who penned the biography “On the Sunny Side of the Street: The Life and Lyrics of Dorothy Fields Fields” will share stories about Fields’ life and career throughout the evening.
Born in 1905 Dorothy Fields became the first woman inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Fields collaborated with a host of popular composers, including Jimmy McHugh, Oscar Levant, Jerome Kern, Arthur Schwartz, Harry Warren, Harold Arlen, Cy Coleman and Quincy Jones, writing scores for more than 50 films, Broadway musicals and revues. Among her best-known songs are "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," "I'm in the Mood for Love," "Big Spender," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," "A Fine Romance," "I Won't Dance," "It's Not Where You Start," "The Way You Look Tonight" and "If My Friends Could See Me Now." In addition to her lyrics for such musicals as Stars in Your Eyes, Seesaw and Sweet Charity, Fields also penned the books for the Broadway musicals Annie Get Your Gun, Let's Face It, Something for the Boys and Mexican Hayride.
The 92nd Street Y is located in Manhattan at 1395 Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street. Tickets, priced $45 and $55, are available by calling (212) 415-5500. Visit www.92Y.org for more information.